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I heard that there are a number of words per minute one should speak in order for their message to be comprehended clearly. Is there any truth to this? I speak fast and want to make sure I am being understood!

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An average of 180 words per minute is recommended to keep your listener interested allowing them to better comprehend the message.

Speaking too slow can make you appear very boring. On the other hand, speaking too fast can make you appear anxious, nervous and insecure. Speaking between 160-200 words a minute is the ideal speed.

Exercise

Practice the paragraphs and time yourself to discover your normal speaking rate. Ideally, you should read aloud the following 189 words within a minute.

>In business, I must be able to communicate who I am and what I know to others in a very open and honest manner to reach my success potential. I took the DISC Behavioral Report, an e-learning coaching tool, to make this a reality. In addition my DISC report helps me to be more strategic in positioning myself in various business situations, giving me a competitive edge.

My DISC Behavioral Report first identify my 4-core behavior competencies (dominance, influencer, steadiness, compliance) so that I could gain a clearer understanding of those characteristics that are a large part of who I am. Second, my Report helped me to understand which Job Functions I am most talented at and assist me in learning how to manage those that are acceptable or challenging to me.

Third, I was able to utilize the eight questions that each behavior provided to help me zone in on those competencies and Job Functions as they relate to my job so I know how to modify myself during the day if needed.

Overall, my DISC Report is very instrumental in helping me be more confident in business.>

Hint:  Another way to improve your speaking pattern is to record yourself on a digital recorder or on video so that you can hear how you sound to an interviewer and identify areas in which you can improve your speaking patterns.

Also listen to the words that you speak. Are there words that you speak incorrectly? Listen for those words and begin practicing, by speaking them correctly. I have listed below some of the most common errors in speaking words clearly and correctly.

  1. Fixing: fixin
  2. Are: r-ra: The letter R is a single sound, not a double sound: r-ra
  3. Starting: startin
  4. You know: ya know
  5. Ask: ax
  6. North: norf

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